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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

from BNB:

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Bike-A-Thon Registration is OPEN and Half-Price!

Register today for our 29th annual Bike-A-Thon! During March, registration fees are half-price, only $15 for adults and $10 for youth (17 and under). The Bike-A-Thon will take place on Sunday, June 5th, (raindate of Sunday, June 19th). With 10, 30. 50, and 80-mile route options, there’s something for every rider. Invite your friends to ride with you on a team! Check out 2015 Bike-A-Thon photos and the amazing results and email [email protected] with any questions.

Riders at the 2015 Bike-A-Thon! Photo by Diana Parad
Shifting Power Bike Mechanics Training Videos!

We’re excited to release Shifting Power, a bike mechanics training video series! Shifting Power will serve as a comprehensive training manual for anyone worldwide interested in learning and/or teaching about bicycle mechanics. The 14 video series features a diverse group of instructors, unlike many of the video resources currently available. The collaborative project, created by staff at the BNB Bike Shop, International, and Youth Programs, is now available in both English and Spanish on the Bikes Not Bombs website.

Volunteer on March 20th
Help Load the First Container of 2016!

Our first Container Loading of 2016 is on March 20th and will be going to Ability Bikes in Ghana! RSVP to volunteer! We will be loading starting at 9am and ending around 5pm, stop by for an hour or stay all day!

BNB Shop Updates
Spring Shop Hours, Clinics and Staff!

The Shop is now on Summer hours, which meansclinics are back, Adult Earn-A-Bike is restarting and we’re open 7 days a week! Stop by Mon. 11-7pm, Tues. – Thurs. 8-8pm, Fri. 11-7pm, Sat. 10-6pm or Sun. 12-5pm. We’re also thrilled to welcome three new staff members to the 2016 Bike Shop team! Chelsea DeSantis and Gabriel Ytterberg are joining us as full-time mechanics and Chayanne Almieda is our newest Apprentice! Upcoming Clinics:  Mon 3/147-9pm FemmechanicsWed 3/16 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance Please be on time for the clinics. Tool Time will be on April 4th, RSVP byApril 3rd at 5pm.

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Submit Your Idea for Our New Sticker!

After 32 years, we’ve decided it’s time to revamp our sticker design, and we could use YOUR help! Do you have an idea of the perfect sticker you want to put on your bike, helmet or give to your favorite person?Submit it today! Designs are due before March 30th,guidelines and resources available.

Can you help with Bike Drives?
It’s Almost Bike Drive Season!

Our Spring Bike Drives will resume in April! Are you able to help us collect 5000+ bikes each year by organizing a drive in your community? Can you volunteer to flatten bikes at a bike drive? Email[email protected] for more information. Have a bike to donate? Check out our upcoming Bike Drives throughout New England.

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Volunteer of the Month – John Rosenwinkel

This month we would like to extend a huge thank you to John Rosenwinkel as volunteer of the month. John has served as an adult instructor, helped with final safety checks before Earn-A-Bike graduations and most recently improved the operations of the Hub mechanics space. As a member of a youth programs committee John helped build a wall to mount bicycle forks and crank sets, teaching senior youth staff about basic power tools during the construction. John’s consistent dedication is invaluable to the impact of our programs.

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International Programs Field Reports

Our International Programs Director, Charlotte Fagan, has been traveling for most of 2016! In January, Charlotte visited Cycloville in Nairobi, Kenya for 3 weeks, and in February, Charlotte went to Koforidua, Ghana to work with Ability Bikes. Read our Field Reports to see what Charlotte learned!

News Outside of BNB

BBMA Spring Sprints Support the Boston Bicycle Messenger Association at a tournament-style roller race on Sunday March 27th!!

World Bike Forum Sign up to attend the 5th World Bike Forum in Santiago, Chile from March 31st – April 5th.

Broadway Bicycle School is looking for someone to join their staff April-October as an entry level bicycle mechanic!


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Livable Streets March Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

Lots of good stuff From Livable Streets:

 

peak up for the Greenline Extension and Community Path

images.jpegSpeak up to remind MassDOT, the MBTA and the Governor that we need a fully functional Green Line Extension and the integrated Community Path project.

MassDOT and the MBTA have scheduled five public meetings to receive public input/suggestions on ways to reduce the cost of construction for these projects.

Construction of the Green Line Extension and Community Path will provide long needed air quality, public health, transportation and economic development improvements for our communities.

 

Attend ones of these meetings and remind MassDOT, the MBTA and the Governor that we need these very important projects:

 

Upcoming Public Meetings on the Green Line Extension
Meeting times:

Open House: 5:30pm – 6:30 pm
Presentation and Q&A: 6:30 pm – 8:00pm

  • March 2: Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue – Somerville
  • March 23: Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street – Medford
  • April 13: Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street – Somerville
  • April 27: St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue – Cambridge
  • May 5th: St. Clement’s Parish Hall, 579 Boston Avenue – Medford

MBTA late night service cut, but fare increases still in play

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We are disappointed to report that the MBTA Control Board voted 4-0 yesterday to cancel late night service. While this is an unfortunate development, we were inspired by the hundreds of impassioned advocates who packed the meeting room to speak up for better transit.

Next week the MBTA control board will vote on possible fare increases. We hope that they will seriously consider the overwhelming public support for keeping fare increases at or below 5% in their vote next Monday, March 7.

We will be there next week for this important vote and keep you up-to-date over the next few weeks as the Control Board considers cost saving measures for the Greenline extension.

 


New Emerald Network website launched!

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Since launching the Emerald Network in September 2015, we’ve made strides toward achieving our vision of a 200-mile seamless network of greenways across Metro Boston.

To highlight this important initiative we’ve launched a brand new website:www.emeraldnetwork.info.

On the new Emerald Network website you can:

  • Learn about the progress we’ve made and see some examples of in-progress and future project to complete the network

  • Apply for the Greenway Partners Program, to request capacity-building support to advance a proposed greenway project

  • Sign up to receive email updates specific to the Emerald Network

We hope you’ll take a few moments to learn more by exploring thewebsite!


LivableStreets and Vision Zero featured on PRI’s “The World”

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LivableStreets’ Stacy Thompson hit the streets of Boston last week with Brendan Kearney of WalkBoston and PRI “The World” reporter Jason Margolis to talk about safety on our streets. At the corner of Mass Ave and Beacon Street the trio discussed the hurdles and hopes for Boston’s commitment to Vision Zero.

“What does Boston have to learn? It already is one of the safest major cities in the US. Still, you’re about three times more likely to be killed on the roads in Boston — walking, cycling or traveling in a car — than in Stockholm.”

Click here to hear how Stacy and Brendan answered this question and learn more about Sweden’s successful campaign to dramatically reduced traffic crashes.


I-90 Interchange project prompts bigger questions about connectivity and livability

10391835_10153512308923111_972039618001533192_n.jpgOn Sunday the Boston Globe highlighted the need to look toward the future and prioritize transit and broader connectivity for the proposed West Station – an important piece of the I-90 interchange project. The following evening Brookline residents packed a Transportation Board meeting to learn about the 1-90 project and how it might impact their community.

LivableStreets Advocacy Committee member Ari Ofsevit presented an alternative design to MassDot’s current proposal that prioritizes people, place-making and better options for walking, biking and transit. Many of the residents highlighted the need for better buses and better connections to Boston and Cambridge.

Given the enormous long-term impact of this project, we can’t agree more with the Globe, “it’s not too soon to decide what the basic purpose of West Station ought to be — a 21st-century multimodal transportation center, or just another commuter rail stop.”


MA Bike Safety Forum re-cap

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The room was packed with people who care about making biking safer at Suffolk University last Tuesday night, as bicyclists gathered with legislators, policy makers, and stakeholders to talk about changing state laws to make cycling safer. Representatives from the trucking industry, Boston, Cambridge, the Carmen’s Union and the MBTA gave brief presentations followed by breakout sessions where ideas for possible legislation were presented.

LivableStreets’ Board members Steve Miller and Megan Ramey each led a break-out session engaging attendees in discussion around lowering speed limits and safe bicycle crossings. At the conclusion of the event attendees were asked to vote on their preferred solution for better bike safety.

Senator William Brownsberger posted the results of the survey on his website in “Bike Safety Forum Take Aways–?” and is requesting additional public input. You can comment on the event’s website mabikesafety.com.


Opportunties

Join LivableStreets’ Advocacy Committee

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LivableStreets Advocacy Committee is tracking more than 90 street projects in Metro Boston and we need your help! The group meets once monthly and consists of new and seasoned advocates working together to tackle issues big and small. Joining the Advocacy Committee is a great way to keep up to date on key projects and initiatives, learn from our volunteer advocates who’ve won dozens of campaigns (like bringing down the Casey Overpass, securing the new design for Comm Ave!) and share your ideas for better streets in your neighborhood.

Please contact [email protected] to learn more and get involved.

Sincerely,
LivableStreets Alliance

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Join The Boston Bikes Advisory Group

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 28

Here is an update from Boston Bikes, with all sorts of goodies and info:

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City of Boston
Mayor Martin J. Walsh

#BeBrilliant Light Campaign Recap

Thanks to a donation of lights from Breakstone, White & Gluck, PC, Boston Bikes held the #BeBrilliant Light Campaign for a second year. During the week after the time change, volunteers distributed lights to more than 200 cyclists who were riding without them. Thank you, Bicyclecentro, Bikes Not Bombs, Bowdoin Bike School, CommonWheels, Dot Bike, JP Bikes, Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Rozzie Bikes, and Southie Bikes for distributing lights in your communities.

Remember to use lights when riding at night or in the early morning: lights are required by law in the time between half-hour after sunset and a half-hour before sunrise. We’re all looking forward to December 23, when the days will start to grow longer. View more photos from the campaign on Facebook.

Apply to Join the Boston Bikes Advisory Group

We are seeking applications for the Boston Bikes Advisory Group (BBAG), which consists of individuals who live, work, and/or bike in Boston. Members serve as liaisons to the greater biking community and advise the Active Transportation Director on priorities related to cycling in Boston including: the implementation of the network plan, safety and education campaigns, and community events. Members attend monthly meetings at Boston City Hall and are asked to support the work of Boston Bikes and the bike community in general.

Read the BBAG Overview and view the application. Applications are due December 22, 2015. Applicants will be notified in the middle of January 2016, and the first meeting will take place in February. Memberships last two calendar years.

Hubway Station Closures

Hubway stations are heading in for the winter. The first round of station closures are taking place from November 16th to November 25th. Depending on the weather, most of Boston’s stations will be available in December.

You can view this week’s removal schedule on Hubway’s website. Want to be notified before your station is removed? Sign up for system alerts. You can also check the Hubway map or the Spotcycle app for real time updates.

2015 Youth Cycling Program Recap

Our Youth Cycling Program (YCP) was once again a huge success! This year we visited 30 different sites and over 5,800 students had the opportunity to develop their biking skills – from learning to ride for the first time to navigating city streets safely. We owe thanks to the many partners and our Youth Cycling Instructors who helped to make this year a success!

We’ll begin accepting applications for the Spring 2016 session early next year. You canlearn more about host requirements on our website.

World Day of Remembrance Ride and Vigil

Photo credit: Kyle Ramey – View more photos from the World Day of Remembrance Ride and VigilOn Sunday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition gathered people from the greater Boston to raise awareness about traffic violence in Massachusetts. Following a memorial bike ride, a vigil was held in front of the State House where people shared stories of those lost in traffic crashes and placed yellow flowers on the steps in remembrance. Read more about the event in the Boston Globe.

The City of Boston adopted Vision Zero in March and will release its action plan in the coming weeks.

Connect with Boston Bikes & Women Bike Boston
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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 16

from Bikes Not Bombs:

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We had a great time at the 2014 Year End Party, Photo by Sean Madsen

Come Celebrate the Year With Us!

Join us to celebrate an amazing 2015! We’ll be unveiling our new video mechanics manual and celebrating the contributions of staff members David Branigan and Derek McIntire as they transition out of their roles at BNB, and Stephen Bosco who has stepped back to a lead volunteer role. All ages welcome at Doyle’s Cafe on December 16th from 6-10pm, we’ll provide light appetizers, cash bar available.

Board and Staff at the 2015 Retreat

Join our Board of Directors!

The Bikes Not Bombs Board of Directors is seeking candidates to join our team! The Board is responsible for guiding and providing oversight to the organization as a whole. We are particularly seeking candidates with experience in legal services, nonprofit financial management, fundraising, and human resources. People with a strong connection to our programs, mission, and the communities we serve are encouraged to apply.

Stop by the Bike Shop!

Free Clinics at the Bike Shop

 Wed 11/12 8-9pm Winter Commuting Clinic
Mon 12/7 7-9pm Tool Time
Mon 12/14 7-9pm Femmechanics

RSVPs for Tool Time are due by 6pm November 7th, please be on time for the clinics.

We’ve switched to our Winter hours and will now be open on Monday 11-7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8-8pm, Friday 11-7pm, Saturday 10-6pmand closed on Sundays.

Come pack a container with us! Photo by Will Daniels

Help BNB Load Bikes to Kenya!

We will be shipping our second container to our new partner Cycloville in Kenya on December 13th. Please join us! Stop by our warehouse for an hour or stay all day.

This will be our last container of 2015!

Volunteer of the Month Susan Redlich at Maya Pedal

Volunteer of the Month – Susan Redlich!

Susan Redlich has been an invaluable part of Bikes Not Bombs since the beginning. She started collecting bike boxes in her basement to ship to Nicaragua in the 80s, and continues to load containers to this day. She says her favorite part about loading containers is “I can see in my mind the excitement of people unloading the bikes in Ghana, Guatemala, and other partner destinations.” Here is a photo of Susan visiting Maya Pedal in Guatemala. Thank you for all you do for Bikes Not Bombs Susan!

Guests at the 2015 Building Momentum Breakfast

Successful 5th Annual Building Momentum Breakfast!

On Thursday October 15th 85 people joined us at Bikes Not Bombs’ Fifth Annual Building Momentum Breakfast. We are especially grateful that over 64% of guests were inspired to support Bikes Not Bombs’ work by committing to multi-year gifts and in total the breakfast raised over $69,000 for the next 5 years. Thank you to Ula Cafe for catering, Barrington Coffee for the coffee, Cambridge Innovation Center for the space and all of our guests and table captains for attending. Check out photos from the event.

News Outside of BNB

Bike Infrastructure Planning and Design WorkshopJoin the Boston Cyclists Union on Saturday November 14th from 9-3:30pm to learn how to plan and design different kinds of bike route infrastructure!.

Cranksgiving – Come join the 2nd Annual Cranksgiving ride on November 21st 12pm at Copley! Cranksgiving is a bike ride and scavenger hunt where participants ride all over Boston buying food items to donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Red Cross, and Somerville Homeless Coalition. Ride bikes. Buy food. Give back.

Delegation to Honduras – In January join a Witness for Peace delegation to Honduras to visit and connect with a variety of communities to learn about the struggles of Hondurans amidst unfair economic policies, repression and militarization.


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

The latest from Bikes Not Bombs:

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Cycloville Video Premiere
Film screening at Ride Studio Cafe

Join Bikes Not Bombs on Wednesday, August 26thfrom 7-9pm at Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA for a celebration of our new international partner,Cycloville, in Nairobi, Kenya.

We will be releasing a 6-minute documentary about Cycloville’s work supporting the local cycling industry and training young mechanics in bike shops all over Nairobi. The documentary will begin at7:30pm with a short discussion and Q&A to follow. Drinks and snacks will be served. Check out thetrailer and RSVP to the Facebook Invite.

Earn-A-Bike graduates from Spring 2015
Applications open for Fall Earn-A-Bike and Adult Instructor Training

Our next session of Earn-A-Bike will be Oct 5th – Nov 5th meeting MondayThursday 4-7pm. This program is co-ed and for 12-18 year olds, applytoday!

Fall Adult Instructor Training will be Sept 14th – 30th. This training will teach adults about basic bike mechanics and working with youth. After the training adults agree to volunteer at 1 day per week for at least one session of Earn-A-Bike or Girls In Action. Learn more and apply on our website.

Join us for the Building Momentum Breakfast!
Be a Table Captain at the Building Momentum Breakfast!

Bikes Not Bombs’ 5th annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take place Thursday, October 15th! The Breakfast is designed to raise financial support for BNB and spread the word about our innovative work.

We are looking for 10-12 Table Captains to make this event a success! Table Captains bring friends, family, and colleagues, anyone who will connect with the mission and work of BNB to the Breakfast. There will be a Table Captain info session and training onWednesday, August 12th from 6-7pm. Please contact[email protected] if you are interested.

We're outgrowing our spaces!
Space Visioning

Several of our programs are finding it difficult to achieve their goals because of space constraints and/or the location of our facilities. We are thinking of making some changes and need your input!

Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey beforeAugust 12th.

Stop by the Shop!
Free Clinics at the Bike Shop

Mon 8/10 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 8/13 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Wed 8/19 8-9pm Flat Fixing
Please be on time for the clinics.

The Shop will be closed and Tool Time canceled onSeptember 7th for Labor Day.

We're having an apparel sale!
We’ve got so many jerseys!

On Sunday August 16th, BNB will host an apparel sale for the donated clothing, new and used, that we’ve received. The sale will be at the BNB Hub from 7pm – 8:30pm and all proceeds will help cover the costs of attending the Youth Bike Summit in 2016. Jerseys, riding shorts and a limited selection of cold weather gear will be available. All items are priced $5-$20, bring cash and tell your friends!

Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month – Martinas Andruis

Martinas Andruis first got involved at Bikes Not Bombs 5 years ago. Martinas was interested in affordable housing as a right, and says that similarly all people should have access to a bicycle. Martinas is a regular at our Thursday Volunteer Nights, and helped load our last two shipments. When we are understaffed we’ve asked Martinas to step up to help lead part of the work. Outside of BNB he’s an artist doing custom painting. Thanks Martinas!

News Outside of BNB

Boston GreenFest – Learn how to have a positive impact on our world, city, neighborhoods and yourself! The largest multicultural environmental music festival is back August 21st – 23rd.

Bike Friday – Arrive by bike to City Hall Plaza on Friday August 28th between 7-9am and enjoy a free breakfast and chat with your favorite bike folks, including BNB!


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

from Livable Streets:
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Happy Birthday to you

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June was a big month for LivableStreets! We kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a Birthday Bash at Aeronaut (see photos from the party here!) and launched a new membership program.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new program, learn more by visiting our brand new website and become a member today!

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We have a membership level for everyone. Whether you are able to contribute $5 a month (yep, just 5 bucks!) or $1000 a year, by becoming a member you aren’t simply donating to a cause, you are demonstrating your support for creating a world-class transportation system in metro Boston.

And don’t worry if you missed the Birthday Bash, we’ll be celebrating our anniversary throughout the remainder of 2015, so stay tuned for other opportunities to get involved!


Get to Watertown on September 12

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Registration is live for Tour de Streets (formerly Bike4Life), our annual family-friendly ride and BBQ! Whether you are a lifelong biker, or you haven’t touched a bike in decades, Tour de Streets has a route for you.

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The start and end location of the ride will take place at a beautiful green space on The Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown. The routes will be scenic and comfortable for both new and experienced riders. And if you prefer not to ride, you are welcome to join the BBQ and post-ride activities. To learn moreclick here.

We hope you’ll save the date for September 12th and join us this year as a rider or supporter of this important fundraiser for LivableStreets!


It’s time to rethink buses

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After a tough winter, more and more people are recognizing how vital public transit is to moving people efficiently and effectively in and around the region.

A new report, Better Rapid Transit for Greater Boston, recognizes buses as a key piece of our transit system and highlights Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as an option that should be considered for Greater Boston’s transportation future.

The report identifies five corridors ripe for BRT. As CityLabhighlighted, Gold Standard BRT in these corridors has the potential to dramatically cut commute times and connect communities. To read the full report click here!

LivableStreets has been exploring BRT for more than two years as a member of the Greater Boston BRT Study Group–a group made up of transportation experts, planners, and community leaders. This report is a result of the study group’s work and part of LivableStreets broader effort to prioritize transit on our streets.

To learn more and get involved in making our transit system better for everyone in metro Boston, visit our Transit Priority Page.


Carshare in Cambridge, bike lanes in Brookline and rethinking the I-90 interchange

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A vision of Allston from the NBBJ team

In June LivableStreets advocates stepped up in a big way to help make Brookline, Allston and Cambridge more livable and enjoyable for everyone.

In Brookline Mark Tedrow and Rebecca Albrecht spoke up for creating a safer and better design solution for Babcock street and secured a bike lane on Newton Street.

In Cambridge several LivableStreets members showed their support for increased carshare capacity and Steve Miller and Chris Taylor helped dispel misconceptions about carshare in a letter to the editor.

In Allston dozens of community members shared their thoughts on a major project to renovate the Allston entrance and exit of the Mass Pike. LivableStreets members asked for a design that could result in 60 new acres of developable land, a new commuter rail station, a new neighborhood, and an unparalleled opportunity to improve connectivity for everyone walking, biking, driving and taking public transportation throughout the region. To learn more about this effort visit our I-90 project page.

These are just 3 of the more than 80 street project our Advocacy Committee is involved with. If you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved in the committee and make a street, intersection or neighborhood you care about more livable contact Jeff Dietrich at [email protected]info


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Connect Historic Boston Groundbreaking

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Pedestrian bridge over the Charles River

Friday, July 10, 1pm
@ Union Street in Blackstone Block, Boston

The City of Boston will be breaking ground on construction for Connect Historic Boston this Friday—come celebrate! You may remember hearing from us about this project a couple of years ago. LivableStreets was a member of the advisory committee that helped shape this initiative and we are excited to see it finally being built!

The goal of Connect Historic Boston is to make walking, biking, and taking the T to National Park Service sites and other destinations in downtown Boston easy and fun.

 To learn more visit Connect Historic Boston’s page.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this important step in connecting historic Boston on Friday!


Opportunities

Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Bites Festival

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Saturday, July 18
@ Daisy Field, Willow Pond Road and Jamaicaway, JP, Boston

Join New England’s largest cycling event for women! This year the event will celebrate active, healthy living with fabulous food provided by some of the top women in Boston’s food businesses, like Jody Adams and Joanne Chang. To register and learn more click here.


Job opportunities in Cambridge and Boston

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Are you looking for a job that will contribute to making our streets and community more livable? The cities of Cambridge and Boston are hiring!

Cambridge is hiring for anAssistant Director for Street Management. This new position supervises the Engineering, Operations, Street Occupancy and Planning units within Traffic, Parking, and Transportation.

And the City of Boston is hiring for two positions, Director of Communications and Community Engagement and aGreenovate Boston Program Manager.

Please share these jobs with your networks and consider applying today! 

Sincerely,
LivableStreets Alliance

 


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

from the email:

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Bikes and Bites: Women Biking Toward Change in Boston

(Above) Cindy Walling with her trusty bike.

(Below) Thanks to Hubway, Katy Wetzel is able to ride in Boston without owning her own bike.

Cindy Walling is the consummate bike commuter – it’s the primary mode of transit for her and her kids, ages 11 and 13. Katy Wetzel is a dedicated walk-to-work-er, but is intimidated by Boston drivers. She doesn’t even currently own a bike. But when friend and fellow parent Cindy sent out an email inviting her to join Team Menstrual Cyclists in the Bites and Bikes ride, Katy was quick to sign on.

“I think bike riding should be something people do in the city – getting around either on their feet or on a pedal – anything to make that accessible,” she shared when asked why she’d signed on. “Besides”, she added, “my friends were doing it, it sounded like fun, and it’s for a good cause!” The chefs weren’t unappealing either, she confided.

In fact, when Katy’s told others that she signed up, they asked how they could join. When asked why she decided to lead a team, Cindy shared that it was just so easy. “I sent an email to a bunch of women I know, mostly from my kids’ school – I didn’t even know Katy didn’t have a bike! I just figured I’d put the word out and see who got excited.”

Do you want to host a team? No special skills necessary – and no team is too small! You can invite friends, co-workers, neighbors…team prizes will be available! It’s easy to start a team – you will, however, have to compete with Cindy’s team name. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

Start a team or register yourself now!

Can’t ride? We need a team of excellent volunteers – especially experienced bikers – but there are roles for all skills and folks!

Get Biking Challenge Final Results

The Get Biking Challenge, which encouraged Boston K-8 students to bike during the month of May, was a great success! Eleven schoolsparticipated, with a total of1,389 students entering into the challenge. These students reported biking a collective 597,760 minutes, which converts into a distance of 79,700 miles – or the equivalent of biking around the Earth’s equator three times!!! In terms of calories, the students burned about 859,810 calories, the equivalent of 6,230 cans of soda.

This was a friendly competition, with schools being ranked based on percent participation and days ridden. The Josiah Quincy Elementary School took first place, earning the Golden Pedal Award and a bike raffle, with Perkins Elementary and Nathan Hale Elementary coming in a respective second and third place.

Check out our blog for more details and pictures. Congratulations to all participants!

Join Us for Breakfast at Bike Friday on June 26th

Join us on June 26th for the next Bike Friday! Join a convoy of cyclists or pedal over to City Hall Plaza on your own. Bike Friday is your chance to mingle with cyclists from across the Boston area and learn more about Boston-based organizations that love cyclists. As always, food will be provided by Boloco,LARABAR, Iggy’s Bread of the World, and Whole Foods.

Registration is free, but we need to know you’re coming! Register now atbikefridays.org.

Pump-Up Boston!

Kat Waterhouse, of Rock Spot, and Andrew Prescott, of Urban AdvenTours, pose with a Pump-Up Boston pump that was recently installed at the Rock Spot in South Boston.
Image credit: Urban AdvenToursAs part of their new Pump-Up Boston initiative, Urban AdvenTours is partnering with local businesses to provide public bike pumps in the greater Boston area. You can find these green Pump-Up Boston pumps in Boston at:

  • Boston Cheese Cellar – 18 Birch Street, Roslindale
  • Rock Spot Climbing – 30 Old Colony Ave, South Boston
  • Whole Foods – 15 Washington St, Brighton

To learn more about Pump-Up Boston, visit the Urban AdvenTourswebsite. The pumps were donated by Giant Bicycles.


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

From Livable Streets:

Spring Open House recap

Despite the dreary weather, our April 9th Spring Open House was a resounding success! It was great to see more than 100 new and familiar faces! To view photos from the event click here.

 

Highlights from the Open House include:

  • Toasting to our recent Comm Ave victory
  • Previewing our 10th Anniversary and new membership program being launched in June
  • Hearing from some of our newest board members
  • Enjoying food and drinks donated by Aeronaut Brewing, Downtown Wine & Spirits, Flatbread, Harpoon, and Whole Foods

If you didn’t get a chance to come to the Open House, be sure to stay tuned for the exciting events and opportunities we’ll be rolling out over the next few months!

Get a head start on Bike Month

May is Bike Month! Join LivableStreets tomorrow morning at City Hall for the city’s first Bike Friday. You can join a bike commuter convoy from one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Safe guided convoys with experienced ride leaders will follow a fixed schedule and route and finish together at City Hall Plaza in Boston. Join a convoy, or just show up for the fun. Learn more and register here.

If you can’t join us tomorrow, we hope to see you at a future Bike Friday this summer. Check out our calendarfor the dates and more Bike Month opportunities!

Take action: Federal transportation bill

Congress is preparing to take action on a new federal transportation bill. We need your help to make sure that Congress doesn’t cut funding to help local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more.

Our friends at the League of American Bicyclists have made it easy for you to ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. For decades, our federal transportation system has prioritized building roads, leaving many of our communities with few transportation options and rising safety risks for people bicycling and walking. S. 705 would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in these types of projects.

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LivableStreets weighs in on parking, buses, Comm Ave

Did you know MBTA buses serving downtown Boston make about 1,200 trips and carry more than 60,000 passengers every day? Ari Ofsevit, LivableStreets Advocacy Committee member (and Boston Marathon runner!), rebuts a recent claim that buses are to blame for downtown Boston’s congestion and digs into the enormous benefits buses provide in a piece he wrote for Commonwealth. To read the full article click here.

 

Demand-based parking rates could be the answer to scarce spaces, says LivableStreets Board member Charlie Denison in a letter to the Boston Globe. What do you think? Check out the full response here.

And Executive Director Jackie Douglas was invited to write a guest blog for the Barr Foundation breaking down our recent Comm Ave victory. It might not sound exciting on paper, but several of the new design elements have never been done before in Boston. Read more about what LivableStreets did to help win a Safer Comm Ave here.

Public meetings and other opportunities _______________________________________________________________________________

Massachusetts Transportation Summit

Friday, May 1

@ DCU Center, 50 Foster St, Worcester, MA
Join Transportation for Massachusetts for the first-ever statewide summit for exploring and exchanging ideas and actions to improve transportation in every corner of the Commonwealth. Speakers include Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, ZipCar founder Robin Chase and many other presenters and visionaries sharing ideas on the next generation of transportation solutions. LivableStreets is an active member of T4MA and helping plan this event-we hope to see you there!

 

For more information and to register visit: www.t4ma.org/summit

Go Boston 2030 Visioning Lab  
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Friday, May 8 & Saturday, May 9

@ China Trade Center, 2 Boylston St., Boston, MA

 

Stop by to participate in planning the future for Boston streets. Go Boston 2030 is a City of Boston initiative to envision a bold transportation future. The two year process will result in a plan that will be a road map for the city. The event will kick off with remarks from Mayor Walsh and include interactive activities, performances, a data visualization gallery, emerging technology demonstrations and more!

 

To learn more about Go Boston 2030 visitgoboston2030.org


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